Inspecting for bed bugs is definitely a necessity when there is suspicion or risk. And depending on location, it’s sometimes recommended to do routine inspections. Either way, a basic inspection would begin with the bedding, sheets and pillowcases, and may include pillows, cushions and even mattresses. The main things to look for are common indicators: small brown stains (created by fecal deposits) and small bloodstain deposits. Clearly, live bugs should be searched as well.

The tendency is for bed bugs to congregate around feeding areas. These would include the seams of mattresses; bed frames and headboards; in and around the baseboards; and under the edges of carpeting. The fact is, bed bugs are known to hide in any type of crack or crevice. They will hide during the day, making it hard to find them and identify them. And while finding the actual bugs is preferable, finding brown-colored stains or bloodstains is a sure sign that bed bugs are present.

Physically, bed bugs are small and oval shaped, sometimes resembling apple seeds. They have six “legs”, two antennae, and NO wings (they cannot fly). Because they hide and live in practically any location, detecting and identifying bed bugs can be difficult, and sometimes it’s best to call in the experts. A professional firm has the necessary tools and equipment to accurately assess a bed bug infestation, and can also recommend various treatment plans to resolve the situation.

Bed bugs are nocturnal – they sleep throughout the day and emerge at night. In fact, it’s not that uncommon for people (with bed bug infestations) to roll over the bugs while in bed – it results in visible bloodstains on the bed sheets, and it’s a sure sign of an infestation. On closer examination, a musty smell can be detected when bud begs are prevalent. Of course, close examination is best, and a professional pest control company is therefore best suited to identify an infiltration.

As mentioned, bed bugs have no wings, and aren’t capable of flying. They are also unable to jump, and are left to move around by means of crawling and/or climbing. As such, they can climb quite high, and actually fall down into new locations, primarily for feeding opportunities. This type of movement also contributes to bed bug infestations that are spread out throughout the premises. In identifying different locales, it’s also possible to determine the extent of a particular infestation.

Once identified (and confirmed) there is no other option but to eliminate bed bugs. Here again, a professional approach is recommended. And while chemicals and pesticides are often offered, the option of “beg bug heat treatment” has recently established itself as the most safe and effective. With the right equipment and the right expertise, extreme heat treatment is used to kill adult bed bugs and their eggs completely. In most cases, an infestation can be eradicated with one single treatment.

A bed bug infestation requires serious intervention. Identification has to be precise and accurate. And a course of action must be effective and safe. It’s not appropriate as a weekend DIY project, and far better results are achieved by using a professional.